Wenger Grape Farms

Fast Facts

  • Farmer Mark & Wendy Hochstedler
  • Founded 1938
  • Partner Since 2013
  • GAP Certified
  • 2014 Pioneer in the Field


  • Concord and Niagara Grapes

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The Wenger family has been growing grapes in Virginia since before the Civil War. Today, at Wenger Grape Farms in Augusta County Wendy Wenger Hochstedler, and her husband, Mark Hochstedler continue the tradition of Wendy’s parents, Dave and Mim Wenger and Wendy’s grandparents, the late Paul & Martha Wenger.  The Wenger family began farming at the current location in 1938,  where they primarily raise Concord and Niagara table grapes.

Now in the third generation of Wenger farmers, the tradition continues of growing some of the best grapes we’ve ever tasted! With peak harvest times beginning in early September and lasting for just six weeks, the Wengers take full advantage by offering a pick-your-own experience on the farm, and sell to local retailers and wholesalers, at the Charlottesville City Market, and to wineries throughout the state.

The Wengers began working with Local Food Hub in 2013, and in 2014 won our Pioneer in the Field Award, which recognizes a Virginia farmer who has demonstrated innovation in food system development through their work with Local Food Hub. The Wenger’s grapes are a customer and staff favorite, and we eagerly await their arrival each late summer or early fall!

Family photo credit: John Robinson courtesy of Relay Foods

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